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About the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting supports the mission of SDPB through effective advocacy and fundraising from our members, donors and corporate partners. As a general rule, the Friends of SDPB pays for the majority of the programming expenses for both SDPB TV and Radio.

Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists solely to support the mission of SDPB. We are governed by a volunteer board of twenty-one citizens from across the state.

Friends Board of Directors

President, Karen Mortimer, Rapid City

VP, Katrin Profilet, Sioux Falls

Treasurer, Gene Ellenson, Huron

Secretary, Jan Johnson, Watertown


Julie Overgaard, Sioux Falls

Tashina Banks Rama, Pine Ridge

Vernon Brown, Sioux Falls

Thomas E. Graslie, Rapid City

Paula Long Fox, Rapid City

Michael Goodroad, Rapid City

Susan Halter Jones, Watertown

Tom Hurlbert, Sioux Falls

Carole Johnson, Brookings

Katrina Lehr-McKinney, Sioux Falls

Mike Mueller, Pierre

Tamara Pier, Rapid City

Ron Roehr, Milbank

Mark Shlanta, Sioux Falls


Please contact us at (605) 677-5861 if you wish to speak to a volunteer board member.

Friends Staff

Ryan Howlett
Chief Executive Officer
and Major Giving
(605) 367-7266
ryan.howlett at sdpb.org

Major Giving

Meg Hentges
Sound Vision Campaign Coordinator
(605) 367-7022
meg.hentges at sdpb.org



Carol Johnson
Major Giving and Donor Engagement
(605) 880-5094
carol.johnson at sdpb.org



Theresa Schake
Major and Planned Gifts
(605) 677-5861
theresa.schake at sdpb.org

Underwriting

Liz Larkin
Corporate Partnerships
and East River Sales
(605) 367-7273
liz.larkin at sdpb.org

Membership

Twyla Olson
Vice-President of Membership
(605) 367-7001
twyla.olson at sdpb.org



Wendy Bergan
On-air & New Member Fundraising Manager
(605) 367-4559
wendy.bergan at sdpb.org



Adam Davenport
Chief Information Officer
(605) 681-8801
adam.davenport at sdpb.org



Janet Gerjets
Membership Coordinator
(605) 677-5861
janet.gerjets at sdpb.org